[HPN] LAPD Poll: Police brutality common, most residents believe

Tom Boland wgcp@earthlink.net
Fri, 14 Apr 2000 15:35:55 -0700 (PDT)

Hello All,
It looks good on paper but I believe we all have a few stories that are not
a generalization or stereo-types..
I my self have been homeless 5 times in my life time,and its been
increasingly harder to get back on my pins as I am now 50 plus years old.
But you can not say that drugs,booze or mental illness are the cause they
are symptoms,of a greater social disease and one of biggotry and apathy
which is abit ableistic to me ..I could be wrong but I have only life
experience to state my thoughts!
I feel that since I am both disabled and displaced that I have two strikes
against me,before I attempt to find housing or help ...But why should I feel
this way?
We need to re educate persons to not victimize our already working poor or
displaced persons whom by the way could also be disabled to..
To say drugs and alcohol and mental illness were the causes of all or most
homeless problems is not true as they could be part of the social plague of
mans inhumanity to man,as apathy kills a homeless person quicker than the
lack of food..
Lets be carefull how we blame or pin point the problems because even though
they sound good you still need to walk a mile in  our moccasins..OK ?
A Brother In The Homelessness Struggle

----- Original Message -----
From: Daniel Myers <dhm@best.com>
To: HOMELESS DISCUSSION LIST <homeless@csf.colorado.edu>
Sent: Friday, April 14, 2000 12:54 AM
Subject: Re: definitions

> On Tue, 11 Apr 2000, Nedra Obradovich wrote:
> >
> > One could get very philosphical about the definition of homelessness
> > but it seems, that when speaking of a "universal" understanding of
> > homelessness, it is understood that a person or family without
> > adequate & permenet shelter (for economic or political reasons) from
> > the elements is considered homeless.
> >
> >
> I like that definition.  It's about the best yet I've read.
> There are definitions of many words which are prescriptive, descriptive,
> retrospective, rational, irrational, or somewhere inbetween.  The word
> "homeless" is ambiguous and has been mostly used irrationally.
> I once wrote a piece describing homeless people as "off-market consumers
> of real estate who don't have a have a house, apartment, or fixed trailer
> home to live in, any of which meet general occupancy standards".
> The authors of the McKinney Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 11302) did it a bit
> differently:
> > Sec. 11302. General definition of homeless individual
> > For purposes of this chapter, the term ''homeless'' or ''homeless
> > individual or homeless person'' an individual who lacks a fixed,
> > regular, and adequate nighttime residence; and
> > (2) an individual who has a primary nighttime residence that is
> > a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter designed to
> > provide temporary living accommodations (including welfare hotels,
> > congregate shelters, and transitional housing for the mentally ill);
> >
> > an institution that provides a temporary residence for individuals
> > intended to be institutionalized; or
> >
> > a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a
> > regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.
> >
> > Exclusion
> >
> > For purposes of this chapter, the term ''homeless'' or ''homeless
> > individual'' does not include any individual imprisoned or otherwise
> > detained pursuant to an Act of the Congress or a State law.
> Both those "definitions" are somewhat rational, but the irrationalists
> also have their way of looking at homelessness, as in "don't you have a
> home?"  and "a homeless person is a person who sleeps outdoors or where he
> is not supposed to and usually has a history of drug abuse, alcohol abuse,
> or mental illness".